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Habanero Nightmare

Last night I decided to make a spicy coleslaw - I had some cabbage, a habanero, and some cilantro, so why not?

Now I know. I barely slept two hours last night because my hands were burning so badly. I was literally crying and contemplating a trip to the emergency room because the pain was so excruciating. My boyfriend did a little research online for some home remedies and I tried many of them - Tylenol, Benadryl, dipping my hands in milk, cleaning them with rubbing alcohol. Nothing brought any sort of lasting relief. I ended up lying in bed all night with my hands clutching an ice pack for dear life. Finally, around 5 AM the pain subsided enough that I was able to sleep. This morning I'm feeling much better, but a mild burning persists on a couple of fingers.

I know that some chefs use gloves to cut peppers, and although this is the only time I've had this kind of reaction, I will definitely glove up the next time I'm cutting the spicy little devils. (the slaw was delicious though...)

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  1. Wow. I've never had that kind of skin reaction to a chile. In all fairness, however, I don't often cook with habaneros because I'm the only one in my family who would go near them. So, your GI tract is less sensitive than your skin? Or maybe you just handled them in a more concentrated way than eating them? I'm so glad you're better this morning.
    Your story does remind me, BTW, of an early lesson that handling serranos or jalapenos and then contact lenses is a very painful error. I think I had to buy new lenses and wear glasses for a couple of days for my eyes to recover.

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    1. re: vickib

      Just re the GI tract question: don't forget that your digestive system contains acid that would strip the paint off a car. And not to be really gross, but I know a woman whose back teeth are almost worn away because of reflux.

      One thing I always do when cutting chilies (I usually use Thai bird ones) is try to limit my fingers' exposure to the insides of them. Cut in half lengthwise, then turn them cut side down before slicing. When I'm not careful, I do get a burn in my fingers that sometimes lasts a day or so, but some people are also more sensitive than others. Good to keep a pair of rubber gloves around!

    2. Having lived in Trinidad and Tobago and brought up on Pepper sauce made from Scotch Bonnet peppers, The best thing I have found to take away the burn and any residue from your hands is lime or lemon juice. After washing with hot soapy water, of course. But I have never had such a reaction even with chapped skin. Might want to have it checked out.

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      1. re: currymouth

        Anything acidic will help neutralize the burning. The heat is caused by capsaisin, which is an alkaloid or base. So anything acidic will balance out the Ph to neutral. Citric is a common solution, vinegar works well too.

        Probably because you washed your hands the burning was worse, water will spread the burning and some soaps could aggravate it too.

      2. I once trimmed out a bag full of habaneros, wearing rubber gloves, and washed my hands very carefully both before and after taking the gloves off. Several hours later I used a fingertip to pick at an eye-boogie and I thought I was gonna die! Those things have some power to them.

        Yes, your typical GI tract is less sensitive than skin to peppers, for the simple reason that there aren't a lot of nerve endings in there. Even your mouth and throat don't have the level of pain receptors your hands have, and if your body chemistry is such that your skin is highly sensitive to alkaloids I can see how you could really suffer. Go get yourself some really good rubber gloves, not those cheap disposables.

        1. Wow, I'm sorry to hear that. I've never had the burning sensation in my hands before. I was KM at a Mexican restaurant for several years. I had a prep cook, who after chopping jalapenos, did not wash his hands BEFORE using the restroom. Had to send him home. He never made that mistake again.

          1. This happened to my husband once, except he must have rubbed his cheeks (on his face!) afterwards, because his cheeks were burning! I don't think his hurt as bad as yours seemed too, but aloe vera helped him get through the rest of the night.

            1. Thanks for the well-wishes. An interesting side note. I called my mom, who is a nurse practitioner, to complain about my ordeal, and she told me that the capsaicin in the peppers, which is what makes them hot, is actually used as anesthetic sometimes to reduce pain. It is rubbed on the site of pain and then removed when the patient feels heat. Apparently it has a numbing effect...

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              1. re: bladerobbins

                I have arthritis in my knee and after an injury at work a few years ago, tried some of that painkiller cream with capsaicin in it. OMG! I thought I was going to die! It burned so badly and the burn just didn't stop. I tried washing it off with soap and water and other "remedies" I found online.......rinsing with a bleach/water mix, rubbing alcohol, yellow mustard, olive oil, Dawn dishwashing liquid, etc. Nothing worked and that pain was worse than the initial pain before applying that stuff.

                I've also had a reaction like that when prepping jalapenos. I went to Walmart and bought vinyl medical gloves to use. I haven't had any problems with the peppers since then.

              2. Holy Hot Tamales, Batman!

                Sounds like you got some particularly mean Habbies. If you thought that was hot, try working with Naga Jolokia peppers. Those are murder!

                I think you did the best you could, Bladerobbins. Washing it off and putting ice and waiting. Gloves are great as long as you don't touch anything but the peppers! :-P

                Holy Hot Curry Pot, Batman.

                1. I know this sounds weird, but try yellow mustard. My mom had the same problem once and my grandmother told her to use mustard. My mom thought she was crazy, but tried it. She said it worked like a charm.

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                  1. re: lawgirl3278

                    mustard powder or prepared, like French's?

                    1. re: alkapal

                      French's yellow. Just rub it on and let it sit.

                      1. re: lawgirl3278

                        wow! thank you, lawgirl. that will be a godsend! once with scotch bonnets, my fingers burned for two days!

                  2. I don't want to presume anything...But my Mom had a similar reaction to peppers when she was pregnant with my brother. Peppers never bothered her before or after, but while she was pregnant, she could NOT eat them, her hands would burn if she touched them, and if she was around when they were being cut, she would get pepper "vapors" in her lungs and hack all night. Might want to think about it!

                    1. I have heard bleach will work. Havent' tried it myself.

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                      1. re: nothingman

                        don't know about that, but it works like a charm for athletes foot!
                        My scientist sister told me that one for my son when nothing else worked, nice little 20 minute soak. Poof gone!

                      2. Many years ago (our wedding day, in fact) we had lunch at Frank's aunt's home in Houston. They had a big bowl of habaneros on the kitchen counter. Frank gave me a kiss, then picked up a pepper and kissed it. Suddenly, his face turned red and he started to cry. Head went under the kitchen faucet for a good 5 minutes. A thirteen year old watching this spectacle decided to prove that his uncle was a woos(sp). He took a big bite of the pepper and swallowed. That's why my husband only got 5 minutes faucet time. We were considering emergency room for the boy, but after about an hour he calmed down.
                        Now our home in Mexico is in manzano or perrone chili territory. These are actually hotter than habaneros.

                        1. This has happened to me, but not quite as extreme. I chopped a ton of incendiary chilies for a competition chili and I was still feeling the burn 24-36 hours later, but in my case it was only a moderate "hum" of heat, not pleasant but bearable, but it might be that I've built up a tolerance with all the chile roasting I do at home. If it should happen again try rubbing your hands with a little puddle of olive oil, then a long long scrub with luke warm water and dishwashing liquid. Repeat a couple of times if necessary. I also try to only touch them minimally with the fingertips of my left hand, and rinse rinse rinse as I go (with thorough drying with papertowls after each rinse).

                          1. How awful for you!
                            I don't handle the habaneroes, I will only go as far as serranos. No need for that much heat for us. But I use a chopper, I just whack off the stem (holding the stem) then cut the pepper in half, then use a hand choppper. I like to use the seeds and all so it works just great, but I also use a small plastic board to chop on, that I quickly rinse and throw into the dishwasher. I have had pepper eye, and hot hands too many times. I'm careful now.

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                            1. re: chef chicklet

                              When I handle any peppers for cooking, I cut them under running cold water, get rid of the seed and stems immediately in the disposal, so I am handling them as little as possible. I cut them while the water is running and set them aside in a bowl. Then, I wash my hands for a good two minutes.

                              This seems to work for us, does anyone else have any good prep suggestions?

                              1. re: Felixnot

                                Only one - stand waaaay back when you turn the garbage disposal on

                            2. In addition to all the wisdom here; my experience is that the challenge is to get the oil that contains and is the capsaicin off your skin as quickly as possible. Once the oils have been absorbed by your skin they are hard to remove and the outcome is inevitable.

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                              1. re: Phood

                                Yep, what Phood said - it's all about the oils. I've actually had a couple experiences nearly as bad as yours (girl from New Mexico here, with sensitive gringa skin, to boot). I once brilliantly managed to get the stuff way up under my fingernails while chopping. I tried all your remedies, too, but it really just took time for it to go away. Either gloves (which aren't fun/easy to work in), wash your hands during the chopping process (my half-assed solution), or maybe give that bleach suggestion a shot? I'd never thought of it, but it sounds vaguely plausible. Better than amputation? Certainly much better than a life without chiles.

                              2. habaneros are evil that way! also scotch bonnets!

                                1. Once I planted haberneros next to poblanos in my garden. Unbeknownst to me, they cross pollenated, and I had poblanos that were as hot, or hotter, than the habs. So, I plucked off four, chopped them up and tossed them into the ratatouille on the stove, then bent over the pan to inhale the great aroma. My first bite was in sync with my hands AND my entire head starting on a long night of chemical burn, and the food was the hottest I ever swallowed. Inside and out, I just wanted to die. Pepper gardeners beware!

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                                  1. re: pitterpatter

                                    I wonder if this is the reason the poblanos from my favorite pepper vendor at the farmer's market are so hot. hmmm....

                                  2. Oh, my. I have had the same thing happen twice! Ten years ago I had a big beautiful habanero bush that I used peppers from regularly with no trouble. Then one evening I made salsa before my boyfriend and I went out to run errands. Halfway through the errands my hands started to burn so I slipped off to wash them again. Unfortunately, from what I can tell once they start to burn it is way to late. By the time we got home I was in real pain.

                                    I spent the entire night trying to find ways to alleviate the pain and like you the only relief I found was from cold. I actually tried to sleep with my hands hanging off the bed in a bowl of ice water! Not much success with that. Time was the only real solution I found.

                                    Since then I have been MUCH more cautious - it seems silly sometimes, but this was a really painful experience. Now on occasion I wear gloves, but my primary solution is I always work quickly and wash my hands frequently, not just when I am done.

                                    Despite my precautions my husband and I just had a similar experience again recently by an error in choice of chiles. We live in Guatemala and I bought unfamiliar peppers in the market which the seller confirmed were "Si, picante." However, the first I used was very mild - bell pepper mild - so I figured there had been some miscommunication. Therefore the next night I went to make my grandmother's Spanish rice which calls for bell peppers and I chopped away with abandon. However, these chiles were every bit as picante as I had been promised, but I did not realize my error until my husband reached in to steal a pre-dinner snack off the cutting board! He yelped and I washed my hands fast. I wasn't quick enough though so I had a stiff drink and distracted myself by watching a movie with my hands wrapped around a cold glass bottle of soda in prayer.

                                    I would be wary of rubbing olive oil over capsicum oils. Seems like you could make the situation worse...

                                    1. After having tasted habaneros and scotch bonnet peppers, I wanted to try making my own hot sauce. Having had the slight burn from cutting jalapeños and touching my skin, I knew I might be in for a problem. My solution? I ALWAYS cut habaneros with a knife and fork on a ceramic plate. It's a lot more tedious than using your hands, but I've NEVER ever had a problem. And washing the dish has always removed all traces of the pepper. I didn't want to ruin a good cutting board so I thought the plate/knife/fork cutting method would be best. BTW: hot sauces were quite good but if you want the hottest sauce I've ever had ... try Da Bomb. It is insanely hot. Sooo good. A tiny amount heats up a lot of whatever I'm making, so beware. A dip of a toothpick lets you taste the insanity quite nicely.

                                      1. I'm always very careful handling hot peppers for this very reason, and a horror story told me by a chef friend, reminiscent of chileheadmike's story. Since my own unfortunate encounter, I've had an idea which I haven't tested, so I'll throw it out here for comment. I wonder whether making a paste out of something basic (in the chemical sense, meaning with an hydroxyl radical) like baking soda might help. Comments?

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                                        1. re: hungry_pangolin

                                          Oh my gosh, I completely forgot that part! During my most recent pepper burn adventure I tried this. We didn't have plain baking soda so I crushed Tums into water and dipped my fingers in. It was not as bad as my first experience so I would say there is a chance it helped...

                                          PS I love pangolins.

                                        2. I have cooked with habs/scotch bonnets many times, and I have never had a contact reaction reaction.

                                          The next time you cook with them I would definitely use lined rubber gloves and a painters mask, plus hopefully safety glasses. If you had a reaction on your hands, I'm sure you would be equally bothered if you got the raw capsicum in your eyes and nasal passages. Cutting them under ruining water might also be a good idea.

                                          1. My sympathies!
                                            I had this happen once with some kind of yellow frying pepper--you'd think, not too deadly, right? But I thought I'd have to go to the emergency room, too.
                                            I tried soap and water. Lots of it, probably twenty washings. Didn't work. I also tried lemon juice, bleach, rubbing alcohol (supposedly cuts the oil), and a number of other remedies for pepper burns suggested online. None of them worked.
                                            I did the ice/ice water solution, like some of the other people here--and this is the reason I'm posting, in the hopes that somebody else can benefit: what finally worked was to put ice and ice water in a plastic bag, and then tie the bag securely around my wrist, so it wouldn't come off or leak, and I could get some sleep. I did have to get up twice to change the water and add more ice, but I could sleep between changes.

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                                            1. re: tatyr

                                              tatyr, obviously it worked for you, but mightn't the ice baggie mittens be dangerous for your fingers, namely frostbite?

                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                It might have been very dangerous! I didn't think of it at the time. But with that said, the ice did melt, and I got up a few times to change it, and each time my fingers were cold but not numb.

                                                1. re: tatyr

                                                  try the french's mustard rub mentioned up-thread, next time (if there is a next time for burning fingers!)

                                            2. I used to make a habanero basil mayo and always used rubber gloves and one of those disposable cutting mats that Reynolds or one of those companies I remember a couple of times the habaneros were so lethal that my lungs burned from the fumes. Finally I resorted to setting up a portable fan to blow the fumes away from my face.

                                              Recently I was cutting some 2 regular jalapenos sans gloves and washed my hands carefully afterward. About an hour later I started to feel the burn in my fingertips. I tried various soaps, milk, etc. to no avail. My fingers smarted for 2 days. Glad I hadn't rubbed at my eyes in that hour!

                                              1. I did this before making salsa. I found that washing my hands with shampoo helped. Shampoo is good at removing oils. I wear gloves now when making lots of salsa. Also, I like to make pickled eggs (an Upper Peninsula of Michigan bar speciality). They have jalapenos in them, and if you touch your eyes after eating a few (and drinking a few) you will end up with what we call "pickled eye". It has ruined many contact lenses.

                                                1. Ahhhh... ya gotta love it -- a tiny pepper so powerful it can cause intense pain that lasts for days; and yet we'd sooner put up with the pain than forgo the pleasure of the pepper. Go figure!

                                                  1. My brother actually is such a glutton for heat that he bought habanero oil (two drops could heat up a vat of beans) and he accidentally got a bit on his lip (must have wiped his face or something) .. he actually got a blister from the oil. Luckily it was a pretty small surface area that got affected.

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                                                    1. re: aletnes

                                                      Do you know where he got the habanero oil? I've been looking to no avail. Even just a brand name would help!

                                                      Once my dad made what I thought was garlic pepper beef (Thai-style). I took a plateful, since it was one of my favourites, and realized after the first bite that he had used habaneros! Being Thai, he had no problem with the heat, but the rest of the family suffered greatly!

                                                      He never had problems with cutting any kind of chiles, though. Perhaps we should all deal with chiles daily to build up some kind of immunity?

                                                    2. And remember to thoroughly wash your hands before using the lavatory.

                                                      Yes I speak from experience.

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                                                      1. re: hooliganyouth

                                                        And I thought cropdusters were the only ones who wash their hands BEFORE using the restroom!

                                                      2. If gloves are not handy, with a little practice you can finely dice a habanero with a knife and fork and never touch it. But remember that every work surface (don't use a wooden cutting board) needs to be carefully cleaned, again without being touched.

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                                                        1. re: Veggo

                                                          This is what I do for most hot peppers and it works just fine.

                                                        2. I never remember to have gloves around, so use a sandwich bag to put my hand in when cutting up habaneros (don't need to do it for the other peppers that I use, like jalapenos), but habaneros, you betcha!

                                                          1. You're not alone. I've done this too with Scotch Bonnet peppers. I ended up soaking my burning hands in cold water, but they still throbbed all night.

                                                            1. My first experience with peppers was when I was 21 and working in the first non-chain restaurant. The Chef I was working under would bark out recipe lists and not give me time to write them down. If I screwed up a recipe he would scream until the foie gras would run out of his ears and he sure wouldn't take my excuse of no written recipe as a good one.
                                                              So the first time he had me cut habaneros, I had started my day with about five cups of double espresso in an attempt to ward off the hangover from the night before. So naturaly I needed to use the little cooks room. Not an experience I would ever repeat.
                                                              Don't end up with a pepper phobea like me. A word to the wise "Glove it before you.....chop it."

                                                              1. OMG! This just happened to me while cutting up habaneros for my Jamaican Jerk Chick, unfortunately I scratched my nose about an hour after cutting. I've been searching on-line for a remedy and a came across rubbing or soaking with veg. oil- and it WORKED!!! The burn is gone!

                                                                1. My wife just made the mistake of cutting habaneros without gloves. She was complaining of severe burning on her hands. The burn actually turned her skin red and almost looked like a chemical burn. We tried the mustard, olive oil, vegitable oil, vinegar solutions given here on the site, none worked for her. After looking around the house we remembered we ha some After Bite liquid which is used for bee and wasp stings. It is 3.5 % ammonia and she said this was a godsend and relieved all her pain and the redness disappeared shortly after. I would suggest this to anyone, and it you dont have After Bite lying around maybe some Windex would work b/c that has ammonia in it also ( although it has other chemicals which may not be exaclty good o absorb through the sikin but it may do the trick if in a pinch)

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                                                                  1. re: snorabbit

                                                                    yes. ammonia has ammonia in it, too. most people have some household ammonia for cleaning; it is a lot cheaper than after-bite, and just a tiny bit less convenient for a quick "bite" application. (btw, has anyone tried oil of oregano for bites? or hand sanitizer?).****

                                                                    apparently ammonia, similar to alcohol, is a solvent. maybe capsaicin's alkaloids' bonds with the skin are broken by ammonia, or the ammonia somehow "dilutes" or breaks apart the alkaloids; who knows? (hound scientists, help out here, please!).

                                                                    i'll keep ammonia in mind next time i get a "pepper" burn -- though i'm very careful with hot peppers since my unfortunate encounter with a habanero a few years ago.

                                                                    ~~~~
                                                                    here's an ammonia "fun fact" (for your next cocktail party chat-up):
                                                                    ""The Romans called the ammonium chloride deposits they collected from near the Temple of Jupiter Amun (Greek Ἄμμων Ammon) in ancient Libya 'sal ammoniacus' (salt of Amun) because of proximity to the nearby temple. Salts of ammonia have been known from very early times; thus the term Hammoniacus sal appears in the writings of Pliny, although it is not known whether the term is identical with the more modern sal-ammoniac.''" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonia

                                                                    ~~~~~~~~~

                                                                    this excerpt talks about capsaicin "addiction." (but it makes me think of the new taco bell add for the "volcano" nachos they're selling http://www.tacobell.com/volcanomenu/ ).

                                                                    >>"What About The Capsaicin Addiction?

                                                                    It is said that the burning sensation from capsaicin is addictive. It is also said that one becomes “conditioned” to this sensation.

                                                                    [...D]uring the eating of chiles, a chemical in the chile pepper called Capsaicin, irritates ... pain receptor cells located throughout the mouth,.. nose and.. throat [causing them] ... immediately start to transmit pain messages to your brain. Your brain ....responds by automatically releasing endorphins [which] kick in and act as a painkiller and at the same time, create a temporary feeling of euphoria, giving the chile pepper eater a natural high.

                                                                    ....[O]ther responses include increasing:
                                                                    ...[1.] heart rate to increase... metabolism,
                                                                    ...[2.] salivation in order to try and refresh the mouth,
                                                                    and
                                                                    [3] the rate of sweating by the body.

                                                                    Your nose also starts to run and the gastrointestinal tract slips into high speed. Hot & spicy food lovers soon begin to crave these feelings and are soon hooked." http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/pe...

                                                                    ~~~~~~~
                                                                    *****
                                                                    following up on the concept of an analogy between bug bites and capsaicin (warranted or not), i thought, "why not look at other 'home remedies' for bug bites?" and found these suggestions that i don't think have all been mentioned in this thread.
                                                                    "Home Remedies for BUG BITES [EXCERPTED
                                                                    ]1. Soak the affected area with vinegar
                                                                    2. Put ammonia OR clorox on a cotton ball and apply to the area. It will draw out the stinger and reduce pain and itching. (Warning-never mix bleach and ammonia. Use one or the other!)
                                                                    3. Spread some honey on a clean cloth. Place an ice cube on top of the honey and wrap the cloth. Apply to area with honey side towards the bite.
                                                                    ....
                                                                    5. Take regular toothpaste (not gel) and dab onto the bite.
                                                                    6. Try rubbing the inside of a banana peel on the affected area. It will help relieve the itching and irritation.""
                                                                    http://www.family-health-and-nutritio...

                                                                  2. i was just cutting habanero's too, bout 20 mins later my hands are on fire. They just keep getting worse n worse. I tried washin alot of times, didnt help. The big problem was i hav a newborn at home n i did not want to handle her with the burning in my hands. What if the oils got on her? my husband was gettin ready for work n told me 2 try rubbing alcohol.Tried.... didnt work. I also tried some lotion. Guess what.... didnt work. So i was goin 2 handle my baby wearin gloves all day so i wouldnt hurt her. Then i thought 2 use a piece of my aloe vera plant n rub that all over my hands. Well it took most of the pain away. Before on a scale of 1-10 i would rate the burning at a 15, now they are at like a 3 or 4, and getting better. Its only been about 10 mins since i put the plant on my hands. If it doesnt go away the rest of the way im goin to try the milk solution, n then more of the plant. But for the rest of the day i am still goin to put rubber gloves on when i care for my daughter jus to be safe. So if ur havin the same problem i suggest the aloe vera plant, n rub alot of it on just like you would lotion.

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                                                                    1. re: dannielle_21

                                                                      GOOD LORD WOMAN! please double up on those gloves when handling your baby!

                                                                    2. Be careful when putting your pepper trimmings down the disposal.
                                                                      I did that once, leaned in for a good look as I turned it on,
                                                                      and got a face full of pepper fumes in my eyes.
                                                                      Not at all pleasant.

                                                                      1. I don't usually spend my time writing blogs but I just had to in this case. I cut and deseeded about 8 peppers (jalepeno & habenero so I don't know which one caused the burning) I was fine until about 30 minutes later. THEN OH HELL!!! I thout I was gonna die. My hands were burning like they were on fire. I got on the internet and tried EVERYTHING. Vegetable oil, acetone, vinegar, milk, alcohol, wd-40, mustard, orange juice, tomato juice, Bleach, windex, soap, palmolive, lava soap, ice, cold water, lotion, baking soda (baking soda actually helped slightly for a few minutes)I even peed on my hands twice(don't try it didn't work) and after 3 hours of horrible pain (I would say it was at least a 8 or 9 on the pain scale) I found something that helped. HYDROCORTISONE CREAM. I used the whole tube and rubbed it all over my hands for about 10 minutes, then I wiped the excess off with a dry towel and in about 20 minutes it was back down to about a 2 on the pain scale. I also followed up with 2 benadryl. If that didn't work I would have gone to the emergency room for sure. I just had share this because it saved me a costly emergency room visit and I hope it helps someone else.

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                                                                        1. re: andielynn

                                                                          wow, i'm just picturing you running around the house, applying all those ingredients!

                                                                          and ya whizzed on your hands (TWICE?!)? oh gosh! i think ya might be a-joshin' us!!!

                                                                        2. Just had my first encounter with Habeneros. I washed them, like I do any fresh produce I cook with, and didn't use gloves cutting them up. My hands are fine, no problems with burning or oil. I added the habenero (complete with probably more seeds than I should have used) to the chili, stirred and gave it a taste test. Tasted amazing, with a great kick. Except that the kick lasted a while and started to really burn on my lips!

                                                                          I tried washing my hands and washing my face dozens of times and only succeeded in getting it up my nose too. I've got a high tolerance for hot, but not even milk helped for longer than a couple seconds. On a whim, I tried some Five Alive (it's a citrus fruit juice mix) and the burn in my mouth was gone pretty much instantly! It didn't help the burn in my nose though (even after I tried to get some juice up there...yuck). I didn't have any vegetable oil but some extra virgin olive oil rubbed on the outside of my nose took it away like a charm. I think that the remedies are different for different people and dependent on the severity of the burn. What baffles me is that I actually have a lot of little cuts around my fingernails and pin pricks from the kitty all over my hands and handling the peppers directly gave me no problems--just ingesting it in the chili. Must just be lucky....

                                                                          1. Lemon an/or lime juce I went crazy last night looking for something that worked for me milk helped a little but I would try the juce an maybe mix some salt, vinegar and baking soda with it to page a simple detox paste